• IPA: /əˈtætʃ/

attach (attaches, present participle attaching; past and past participle attached)

  1. (transitive) To fasten, to join to (literally and figuratively).
    Synonyms: connect, annex, affix, unite, Thesaurus:join
    Antonyms: detach, unfasten, disengage, separate, Thesaurus:disconnect
    An officer is attached to a certain regiment, company, or ship.
    You need to attach the carabiner to your harness.
  2. (intransitive) To adhere; to be attached.
    Synonyms: cling, stick, Thesaurus:adhere
    • The great interest which attaches to the mere knowledge of these facts cannot be doubted.
  3. To come into legal operation in connection with anything; to vest.
    Dower will attach.
  4. To win the heart of; to connect by ties of love or self-interest; to attract; to fasten or bind by moral influence; with to.
    attached to a friend; attaching others to us by wealth or flattery
    • incapable of attaching a sensible man
    • God […] by various ties attaches man to man.
  5. To connect, in a figurative sense; to ascribe or attribute; to affix; with to.
    to attach great importance to a particular circumstance
    • To this treasure a curse is attached.
  6. (obsolete) To take, seize, or lay hold of.
  7. (obsolete, legal) To arrest, seize.
    • 1590, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, I.xii:
      Eftsoones the Gard, which on his state did wait, / Attacht that faitor false, and bound him strait […]
    • 1610, The Tempest, by William Shakespeare, act 3 scene 2
      Old lord, I cannot blame thee, / Who am myself attach'd with weariness / To th' dulling of my spirits: sit down, and rest.
    • The earl marshal attached Gloucester for high treason.
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